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to arrive in montana for a town hall event, ready to challenge what he calls myths about his health care reform effort. white house officials tell me prospects are changing right now, but not in the way you think. i'll talk with white house health care czar about that, about president obama's deal with companies and the strategy after the august recess. >>> have the town hall gathering forced them to back away from the death panels? are republicans like sarah palin winning or losing? and does the president still have the communications mojo to make this work. i'll talk with paul krugman. >>> good day. i'm john harwood of cnbc and "the new york times." this is "the new york times special edition." on the front page this hour, president obama expected to arrive any moment in montana. at the end of this hour, he'll be holding his second town hall meeting on health care this week. you can see it here on msnbc. he'll hold another one tomorrow in colorado. he's trying once again to sell his plan to the people concerned about big government and price tags. no better place for that than big sky
know, growing up here in montana, wlerned values like hard work and common sense, also the difference between right and wrong. and it's just plain wrong for insurance companies to devalue coverage when you get sick and need it the most. and it's just plain wrong for insurance companies to deny people of care because of preexisting conditions. and that's why we're working so hard to craft a common sense plan that is right for our state and right for america. here in montana, we also know the value of an honest word. and let me tell you, there's plenty of dishonesty out there about what health care reform will or will not do. now, you've all seen the tv show, "myth busters," right? well, i've been going around the state busting myths about health care. whether it's bogus information about rationing care, cutting benefits for seniors or -- doctor and patient relationship, these outrageous myths are being questioned -- >> it appears that we're returning into technical problems at this town hall meeting in montana. it's gallatin field airport hangar. david schuster is still with me, but in
in montana, we learn values like hard work and common sense. we also learned the difference between right and wrong. it's just plain wrong for insurance companies to devalue coverage when you get sick and need it the most. [ applause ] >> it is just plain wrong for insurance companies to deny people care because of pre-existing conditions. that's why we are working so hard to kraft a common sense plan that is right for our state and right for america. here in montana, we also know the value of an honest word. let me tell you, there is plenty of dishonesty out there about what health care reform will or will not do. now, you've all seen the tv show, mythbusters, right? i have been going around the state busting myths about health care, whether it is bogus information about rationing care, cutting benefits for sen yu y yurs or interfering with the doctor/patient relationship. these myths are being busted right open. they are just plain balogna. that's why our president is here to talk with us and help us spread the truth about health care reform. it will lower costs. it will give -- make su
. he was all hat and plenty of cattle. the governor of montana will join me in just a moment. plus, the dumber than joe the plumber crazies are ratcheting up the madness. congressman adam schiff, he drew a crowd of 3,000 people to his town hall. he'll join me to talk about it at the bottom of the hour, what he ran into. >>> the newster's got a six-point battle plan for caribou barbie. newt, i got one for you too, number seven. sarah, stop lying to people about how the death panel's going to be wiping out the senior citizen population in america. stephen a. smith is in the houston night. the national football league and the philadelphia eagles a have decided to give michael vick a second chance. are you ready to give michael vick a second chance? get your cell phones out right now and text "a" for yes and "b" for no to 622639. we'll have a big discussion on this tonight. all that, and of course the drugster is back in "psycho talk." "daily show" co-creator lizz winstead weighs in on the edwards baby daddy drama. it will be a dandy. >>> first tonight's "op ed." all right, the preside
's in montana this morning where he held a town hall meeting yesterday. the crowd was pretty civil for the president. but he got tough, yet polite questions. >> the president has a town hall meeting in grand junction later this evening. a lot of health care related events going on. >> we have a map showing where they all are across the country. pete stark is holding three in california. he's going to be a busy guy. as you can see from the map, there's events in chicago and atlanta. >> the first lady, sasha and malia didn't stay home. they are traveling with the president this weekend. >> so is ed henry. he tells us the president is mixing business with pleasure in big sky montana. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than fly fishing. he came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee who could hold the fate of health care in his hands. >> first of all, the man working tirelessly to make sure americans get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america.
takes his health care message to montana. remember, there was little drama during his last health care town hall. this time, he is in historical republican territory and people might have hard questions. >> why is it that you change your strategy? >> how can we be assured? >> what would happen? >> you cannot tell us how you will pay for it. shepard: how well did the president do at convincing critics? the president did hear from a least a couple of as critics today. he took questions for half an hour in montana, don't you know? the crowd was expected to be tougher than the last town hall in new hampshire. montana has gone republican in nine of the last 10 presidential elections. that area is a bit more purple and the questions were not very hard-hitting until one man identified himself as a proud member of the national rifle association. he wanted to know how we are going to cover the cost of all of this. >> you cannot tell us how you will pay for this. you are saving here, over there, take a little money here, but you have no money. the only way you will get the money is to raise taxe
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hall meeting today in belgrade, montana, according to the associated press, as many as 500 protesters are expected to rally outside the event which is taking place in an airport hangar. live coverage starts at 3:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. conservative lawyers and activists are meeting in pittsburgh tonight for the second annual rite on-line conference. keynote speaker is former congressman pat toomey who is running for the senate in pennsylvania. coverage on c-span starts at 7:40 eastern. tonight on book tv a conversation with author christopher buckley, the son of william f. buckley jr. and his latest book is a memoir called losing mom and pop. book tv's index starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> the newest supreme court justice, sonia sotomayor, attended a white house reception with president obama. we will show it as part of c-span's america and the courts saturday at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >> this fall, and to the home to america's highest court, from the grand public places to those only accessible to the 9 justices, the supreme court, coming the first sunday in october on c-s
's meeting in montana. joining us from big sky montana is mike emanuel. good morning early to you. how did this town hall meeting go yesterday? spent it was pretty good, alysin president obama today will be parked tourist in chief taking his family to yellowstone park, doing another town hall event in grand junction, colorado. the president yesterday was in belgrade, montana, the home state of max baucus was in the middle of healthcare reform negotiations as chairman of the senate finance committee. the pitching montana is with healthcare reform. insurers would not be able to drop you if you become seriously ill. mr. obama's town hall and montana had a very campaign to appeal there was thought president obama might get feisty questions from people opposed to healthcare reform the present mostly softball questions and made reference to some of the fireworks we have seen on the news this summer with members of congress singles events. what's take a listen. st. ann out there has been a lot of attention paid to some of the town hall meetings on time around the country, especially when tepper's
to a townhall in a conservative part of montana. the audience we were told was not prescreened. the meeting was more like a campaign rally than debate over health care. the president even getting a standing ovation. we have the story covered tonight beginning with the chief white house correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings out west. colorado happens tomorrow. awful this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana. >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a supportive audience not before offering his media critiq
steps back to the fray. he's headed to montana for another meeting on health care reform. correspondents are fanned out across the nation tracking every side of the debate. >>> we begin with major developments in the deadly midair crash over the hudson river. for this morning, for the first time, we're seeing the moment of impact. the tragic collision caught on home video by an italian tourist and obtained by nbc news. the images offer incredible insight to what went wrong. a warning that some of you will find the images incredibly difficult to watch. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nine people die in that crash. when you slow down the footage, you can see the aircraft attempting to turn and climb at the last second only to clip the helicopter with its right wing. this morning, nearly a week after the crash, the faa is taking a very close look at two air traffic controllers on duty that day. our susan candiotti has been working the story all night. she joins us now. a couple of people are in serious trouble here with the faa? >> right, john. one employee wasn't even in the building where he w
holding a town hall meeting this afternoon on health care reform outside bozeman, montana. he's expected to talk about a part of the plan that's designed to prevent insurance companies from dropping or limiting coverage for people with serious illnesses. >>> many of you have been asking for more information really, so many questions about the health care reform. there is one central place where you can find answers now. go to cnn.com/healthcare. there you will find coverage of the town halls including how to find one near you. you can upload your town hall i report and there's also information on the leading overhaul plans, the sticking points, the key players working to shape health care legislation. i know a lot of it is very confusing and seems con volume late -- con v. >>> an armed man got a beat down. the suspect walks in pointing his weapon at the owner's wife. the husband, look at him go, tackles him from behind, wrestles him out the door. they actually fought for ten minutes before police got there. >> i was thinking maybe something bad happen. my mother called at home and she sa
know, a lot of people talk about max bachus. max bachus pays attention to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a
force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep
and saturday when he hits the road for town hall meetings in two conservative areas of the country, montana and colorado. it won't be easy. poll numbers show 34% of americans say the loud disruptions at town hall meetings in recent days have made them sympathetic to the protesters concerns. >> supports insist there is a lot of misinformation of what might be ebb include ned plan and they argue leaving the system as it is just won't work. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. >> barack obama will hold a health care reform town hall meeting tomorrow in belgrade, montana and then another one over the weekend in grand junction, colorado. >>> u.s. marines are on the move in southern afghanistan staging an offensive in a taliban held area. the marines had to rescue families who were trapped in a compound near a village where they were fighting. they treated the wounded and moved the families to a safe area. the marines, alternate troops and afghan army forces are trying to reverse the taliban resurgence in southern afghanistan and make it safe for the civilians. >>> an iphone owner in france say
? what's going on? >> hey, this is montana, big sky country. beautiful resort here that the president is staying at. and they've got all sorts -- a very family-friendly resort here, lots of places for kids to enjoy. it's actually where i -- >> that's not where you're staying. >> no, but that's where -- well, you're right, but that's where i stayed last night, slept in a teepee. >> i did not, discuss really? you're just pulling my leg. but there are places where you can. that's kind of rustic of you, chuck. >> i'm sure they are, but not here. it's hard to imagine a place with the "resort" in its name -- >> nick is saying you are so done with this. bye, chuck todd. >> reporter: bye, see you tomorrow. >>> you can watch the town hall live at 6:15 p.m. eastern. >>> the first named storm of the 2009 atlantic hurricane season is taking shape at this hour. bill karins is tracking ana for us and more. what's the latest? >> as expected we now have two systems. we have ana and now tropical depression number three. i'm more concerned with tropical depression number three an i am with ana. there's
proposals will hold a rally in atlanta with former congressman dick armey. the president is in montana doing a bit of sightseeing. he urges americans to lower the volume in the health care fight and listen to one another. >> i know there is plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. i know that in a time of economic upheaval, the idea of change can be unsettling. i know there are some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, is traveling with the president. first montana, later today, colorado. why these locations specifically? >> reporter: partially because these are not necessarily democratic areas friendly. president made a point to come to montana, colorado, in the mountain west. the democratic presidential candidates had abandoned thinking they couldn't win in previous elections. he won some of them. he is trying to translate the health reform debate. when you talk to a white house debate, you say, lo
. >>> president obama faced more skeptics of his health care plan in in montana yesterday and one of the toughest questions was about how the government will pay. what obama will do to cover for 46 million uninsured americans. as ed henry reports, the president admitted it won't be easy. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state senior's senior and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledge the fight has reached a critical stage because the opposition has gained some steam. capitalizing on anger over federal bailouts and debt at many congressional town hall meetings. >> -- the government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: b
in montana and another one tomorrow in colorado. >>> in washington, it's damage control. the white house downplays reports it made an $80 billion back room deal with drugmakers. >>> spilling secrets. why is the man known for keeping secrets now penning his own tell-all? is cheney trying to score or settle with his former boz president bush? >>> good morning, everyone. i'm carlos watson. terrific hour coming to you. republicans strategist kevin madden and sarah taylor and laura tyson and plus we talk to the filmmakers behind hbo new documentary "the fixer." and savannah guthrie at the white house and prime time ed shultz is joining us in the studio. here are the top headlines. nbc news obtained dramatic video of the air collision over the hudson river. it's incredibly disturbing to watch. a warning to people. it captured the moment where a plane and helicopter collided and killed all nine board. >>> a final farewell to eunice shriver kennedy. friends and family are gathered today in massachusetts to say good-bye to the 88-year-old humanitarian who is most notably associated with the found
hampshire or the one yesterday in montana. i think they would like to see a little more pushback from critics and people who are concerned that we are seeing at town hall meetings. it allows the president to explain better to someone who is skeptical about what health care reform would mean for them. >> let's check out one of the more heated moments in yesterday's town hall and the president's reaction. take a look. >> we keep getting the bum. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. that's the only way you can do that. >> i'm happy to answer the question. >> thank you. >> you are absolutely right, that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> how to grade the president on his town hall so far, the way he has handled the tougher questions? >> i think he has done exceptionally well. he has talked about health care for the past, i think you could say, probably six weeks or so, almost nonstop every day. here was a tough question from squun w someone who is skeptical tha
to take this anymore!" >> my name is randy from montana. that i believe our constitution and it's a very important thing. i also get my news from the cable networks, because i don't like the spin that comes from the other places. >> you have to be careful about the cable networks, though. okay. go ahead. go on with the question. >> geraldo: as people vent, washington squirms, and town hall meetings erupt in impassioned debate. this is a fox news alert. >> the notion that somehow i ran for public office or member of congress are in so they can go around pulling the plug on grandma. i mean, when you start making arguments like that, that simply dishonest. >> geraldo: the midst of sometimes wild rhetoric, spreading anxiety and apparently widespread discontent, the president is continuing his now deeply personal push to get people behind his crusade to change the nation's healthcare system. and following up on tuesday's granite state stop in new hampshire and friday's big town hall meeting in the big sky state of montana, after visiting old faithful and a day of fly fishing, tonight he was i
for president obama in this make or break month for reform. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than flying fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior citizen and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hand. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> in private, top presidential advisers ab advisers acknowledge that the fight has reached a critical stage as the opposition has reef reached soming. >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame, thou he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he is facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right,
. president obama takes his pitch for healthcare out west. he'll hold two more town halls, one in montana today, another in colorado tomorrow. the white house is now using email and web video toss lay out its case. a group of healthcare backers will start airing tv ads in support of the plan. >> u.s. marines are gaining grnd against the taliban in afghanistan. american and afghan troops have managed to take over half of a militant-led town, and u.s. aircrafts are using missile toss drive suspects out of the mountains there. troops are trying to secure the area ahead of next week's presidential election. >> a fairfax county man is about to go out of this world. >> that's right. and his success is now inspiring local students. this trip will be patrick forrester's third time in space. the virginia native learned to love science in the classrooms of west springfield high school. he graduated in 1975, and now friends and neighbors in that community are talking about their local hero. >> yeah, it's pretty amazing. people have dreamed, they fulfill them, and it's pretty cool he's an astronaut,
today fielding queendns htr montana e therilhe teer no dramatic outbursts. the president did get tough questions from people in the audience. steve handelsman has our report. >> reporter: with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana. and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 had million people for free. let's assume it costs about $30 billion a year over ten years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said that for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> reporter: backing the president's plans are some strange bedfellows,
in a conservative suburb of montana. it's expected to draw angry protesters just like those who have disrupted town hall meetings held by members of congress. the president will focus on a provision of the healthcare plan that would prevent insurance companies from dropping or limit coverage for those who become seriously ill. >> he felt very satisfied with what happened in new hampshire. he was able to address concerns that people had. i think he was able to take on, as i said, the misconceptions that have been out there in the legislation. so i think, he feels like we have made progress. >> organizers say they expect a turn out of about 500 people. >>> stay tuned to fox 45 morning news for continuing coverage of president obama's town hall meeting. we will have the latest coming up in a live report from washington later this hour. >>> eunice kennedy shriver will be laid to rest today. an invitation only funeral mass is scheduled at a catholic church in massachusetts. vice president joe biden is expected to join the kennedy family and friends to bid a farewell. the sister of john ed kennedy and ed
did pretty well. he came up short in montana but came close. much closer than many people thought, so they say look, now he wants to show that even if some people in these areas may disagree with him, he wants to go in and have a thoughtful conversation, reasoned debate in comparison to some of the town hall meetings we've seen across the country. what he's going do at the top is lay out why he thinks there needs to be insurance reform, that's his big folk occur, just to say you have insurance are doesn't mean you're safe and secure, you could lose that coverage. secondly, he'll take questions for about an hour, we're told. these tickets were distributed randomly on the internet. people were able it to sign up. they didn't have control over democrats or republicans got them. just as we saw yesterday, just one or two tough questions in montana at a town hall meeting, for people coming at it from the other side. the president could get tough questions from the other side today as well. as you noted at the to we are getting information are from white house aides. ed president is very ear
at this point, rick. >> rick: we watched the president in colorado and he did the same thing in montana the other day and has the opening statement and takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeve, and this is a president who looks more like a candidate, like he did before super tuesday last year, does it feel like you are covering a campaign? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, rick, it certainly does, i mean, three town halls in five days, and from new hampshire to montana, to colorado, and now we're in arizona, and so, feels like campaign mode and the president telling people yesterday in grand junction go out and knock on doors and spread the message of health care reform and he's doing what he has done best, silt ell it i person and rolls up his sleeves and whatever you are asking, your opponent, bring their questions and definitely feels like we are back in campaign mode. >> rick: mike, thanks so much. >> jamie: the president's colorado town hall, was mostly filled with supporters who didn't challenge the president or his reform efforts. at least until the end when 23-year-old zach lon
care. president obama taking his push for health care reform out west. stops include montana and colorado. cbs news us who correspondent chip reid is traveling with the president and joins us from big sky this morning with more. good morning, chip. >> reporter: good morning erica. the president came here to big sky country for a town hall meetin his critics were predicting that this would be the time he would finally see that anger over health care reform face to face. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: it was clear right from the start this crowd was on his side. >> welcome and thank you. i believe in reform as well. >> reporter: the president lightened the mood even more with a little humor. >> here in montana, you got bears and moose and elk and in washington you just have mostly bulls. >> reporter: but finally some anger from a man who turned the president's humor against him. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: the president said he would not raise taxes on the middle class but the plan would
to montana. this was just before they spelled out how they would have cost savings. megyn: what do you realistically predict for these seniors, as a result of these potential cuts? he says he is reducing inefficiencies, so what would happen? >> the program would simply go away. no insurance company making 20% profit on this program would continue this. this program would go away and seniors would no longer have -- i suspect every medicare advantage holder would lose their plan overnight. megyn: how do we know what to believe? you are telling us this, and president obama has said repeatedly that he will not cut benefits, that his plan will strengthen medicare and reduce abuse. as well, they are going to put $240 billion more into medicare to ensure physician payment are not cut. who can we believe? >> people just need to apply logic. if you cut a program by 20%, it boggles the imagination that the program can still exist -- that assumes that profit margins from insurance companies are 20%. you would have to be in microsoft or google to have that kind of profit margins. just think about
expect or what can we expect from the crowd in montana? >> we are hearing that outside this airport hangar there will be demonstrations. a local tea party group predicts hundreds rallying against this legislation but there are at least one group supporting healthcare reform that will be there. in new hampshire outside there was a little bit of a rally but inside a more sympathetic crowd than we have seen at the confrontational town halls. the white house said nobody was preselected, that not all town halls are screaming matches. tuesday in new hampshire this was done by an onstar hotline lottery. today it is a line-up of first-come, first-served so we expect the dynamic could be different. as you mentioned senator max baucus will be attending. his home state. he is the key figure. he is part of the gang of six a bipartisan group, three republicans, lee democrats trying to negotiate in the senate a compromise deal. so a key figure. bill: polling shows a drop in the support of the healthcare reform bill. how is the white house reacting to that? >> we had a relevant poll out yesterday
remarks. thanks very much. >> thanks a lot, alex. >>> the first family made time in montana for some whitewater rafting. today they are touring national parks in yellowstone, wyoming and grand junction, colorado. in addition to the president's town hall at precisely 6:15 p.m. eastern time. chuck todd is traveling with the president and he will join us with a live report in just a little bit. >>> seven people are dead, 91 injured after a suicide car bombing at nato's military headquarters in afghanistan. it happened in the capital city of kabul in a heavily guarded neighborhood. it comes five days before the presidential election. thetal l taliban has claimed responsibility. the blast was the first major attack since february. >> and do look at this video from china. the flooding is as you can see literally watching the homes away. not only causing landslides, but they destroyed roads and burst the river banks. according to cctv, china's state owned news channel, up to 11 are dead, two people are injured. >>> well, police in georgia confirm that a missing woman's cell phone has been f
or probably already have gotten a phone call saying you have a ticket, come pick it up. with the montana one yesterday, they did that one a little bit differently, they handed tickets out for about a two hour window and it was first come first serve and individuals could get up to two tickets, meaning you don't know who the second ticket was going to go to. >> kind of fun to wake occupy a saturday morning and go what are you doing today? i don't know. i'm going go hear the president. it is kind of cool. although do you it every day. >> reporter: one quick thing on that front. you see criticisms saying he's only got supporters. guess what? his supporters will be more motivated to wait in line and stay up late to make sure they get a ticket probably who are so than opponents. >> and you have point. chuck todd, thank you so much. >>> you can watch the president's town hall live at 6:15 p.m. eastern. we'll have it right here on msnbc saturday. mean time, developing now, a large explosion in kabul near the nato headquarters. that blast was caused by a suicide car bomb. the explosion has killed se
, colorado. his meeting just like the one in montana have been tamer than some of what we've seen. also in his weekly address, the president urging americans to turn down the temperature and listen more. >> i know there's plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. the idea of change can be unsettling, and i know there's some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> now, the first family is traveling along on this road trip, seeing the sights like yellowstone national park. why is he focusing on the traditional red states? ed henry takes a look behinl the health care fight. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that th
born in billings, montana where the parents lived for five to six years. one son these days, okay, and came back to billings, married a girl who is a part of a large family. now he is part of that large family and he is building a large family and he won't budge. he is totally attached. the other one, and his story is fascinating. he is in montana and this is not a rich family but there is some rich man in montana who pays for one kid a year, for the four year duration of school, to go to st. paul's school in concord, new hampshire. beaches base for the whole thing. he find some super bright kid. this boy couldn't study language in billings, so he signed up and he was accepted. then he got cold feet and turned him down. then he reconsidered and his parents had never been to see the place. they didn't even know what he was up to 70 reconsidered and called them up and said i think i do want to do that. as it was, it was too late but let's see what we can do for you. he gets into hotchkiss and the richman puts them in hotchkiss. in one year he is boy of the year at hotchkiss, a broad
were born in billings montana when there parents went for five or six years. one son these days, came back to billings, married a girl who was part of a large family. now he is part of that large family and he is building a large family. and he will not budge. he is just totally attached. the other one, and his story is just fascinating, is in montana. and this is not a rich family, but there is some rich man in montana who pays for one kid a year -- well, for the four-year duration of school to go to saint paul school and new hampshire. you just paste the whole thing. he goes and finds some super bright kid or so this boy couldn't study languages in billings. and so he signed up and he was accepted. and then he got cold feet and turned him down. then he reconsider. is terratec never even been to see the place. they didn't know what he was up to. and so he reconsider and called him up and said no, i think i do want to do that. it's too late, but let's see what we can do for him. so he gets into hotchkiss, and the rich man puts them in hotchkiss. in one year he is boy of the year at ho
of preexisting conditions. yesterday i was in montana talking about people who had their insurance policies suddenly revoked even though they were paying their premiums, just because they got sick. today we're talking about people like nathan and his family who have insurance, but are still stuck with huge bills because they hit a cap on their benefits or are charged exorbitant out of pocket fees. when you hear about these experiences, when you think about the millions of people denied coverage because of preexisting conditions and the thousands who have had their policies canceled because of an illness, countless people like nathan, i want you to remember one thing, there but for the grace of god go i. [ applause ] this is something that sometimes we have forgotten during the course of this health care debate. these are ordinary americans. they're no different than anybody else. they're working hard, they're meeting their responsibilities. they're held hostage by health insurance companies that deny them coverage, or drop their coverage, or charge fees that they can't afford for care they
'm joined live from big sky, montana, chuck todd. good morning again, chuck. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> let's talk about the president's response. what was it and did it satisfy the crowd? >> well, i think the crowd was satisfied with the answer. what the president did was, he answered specifically on this issue of paying for health care. you know, this is something that's frustrated the white house a bit. that is, from the very beginning, the president said whatever they do with health care, it is not going to add to the deficit. the problem is, you know, the general public is still seeing what government is doing in general, in seeing a big deficit, in seeing a lot of money spent. while it is true that everything they're doing, every plan they've come up will be deficit-neutral when it comes to this thing, it's just not -- that part of it is penetrating the public psyche enough, or what, because that has been something that, when you listen to these protesters and listen to the folks that have come to these town has and been upset, really the core of the upset, of why they're upse
west. to montana and colorado. last night in colorado at another townhall meeting on health care, critics were ready to pile on. >> to quote, someone, i think some of the leaders have acted stupidly. >> now, the white house also had to acknowledge that the president misspoke at his own townhall meeting, when he said that the aarp backed the plan working the way through congress. at this point, they do not. >> in washington, doug lou sader. fox news. >> why are so many of the townhall meetings getting out of hand? even though they are designed to discuss health care reform many people are using them to vent anger about other issues. experts say they are drawing people that are proud to be americans but not proud of their government. >> i think what they are react to in part is, what is happening over the past year or so, watched while the government bailed out banks and other financial institutions, when they subsidize the industry with billons of dollars. and although many economists and newspaper columnists tell us this is bringing about an end to the recession, they have not se
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us about those plans. >> he's got a couple of town halls. one in colorado, one in montana. this is a three or four-day swing out west. montana, colorado and arizona and do some sightseeing with the fo whole family. >> thanks so much. >>> coming up, he was convicted in connection with the 1988 lockerbie bombing and now, he might be set free because he's sick. but how sick is he and does it matter? >>> plus, it was only a few months that anything obama sold like hot cakes. now, there's an up tick in antiobama gear. >>> and you've seen the ads. sell your gold for cash now. but should you? you're watching "it's the economy" on msnbc. i was in the grocery store when i had a heart attack. my daughter was with me. i took a bayer aspirin out of my purse and chewed it. my doctor said the bayer aspirin saved my life. please talk to your doctor about aspirin and your heart. i'm going to be grandma for a long time. have discovered how easy it is to use legalzoom for important legal documents. at legalzoom, we'll help you incorporate your busines file a patent, make a will and more. yo
that to you. he was in montana yesterday. while he was there he heard from an impassioned insurance salesman about health care reform. listen to this. >> mr. president, i make a living selling individual health insurance. okay. obviously, i have paid very close attention to this insurance debate. as you know, the health insurance companies are in favor of health care reform. and have a number of very good proposals before congress to work with government to provide insurance for the uninsured and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. why is it that you have changed your strategy from talking about health care reform to health insurance reform? and decided to vilify the insurance companies? >> okay, that is a fair question. that's a fair question. first of all, you are absolutely right that the insurance companies in some cases have been constructive. so i will give you a particular example, aetna has been trying to work with us in dealing with some of the pre-existing condition stuff. that's absolutely true. and there are other come pans who have done the same. now i want to just b
day today. 70 out there in billings, montana. billings, montana. d rfo all of your weather needs you know where to go, weather.com, that will cover it for you. jenna, back to you. >>> nearly one in three americans over the age of 45 has some type of knee pain, for some it's stiffness after sitting for hours, for others, a dull ache after exercising, but what's causing it and what can you do about it? dr. victor kobe, co-chief of orthopedic surgery at northern westchester hospital in new york. >> good morning. >> we're going to break this down. knee pain comes in a number of different forms, there's osteoarthritis, overuse, tendonitis and specific injuries. i want to get to all of it and then we'll talk about treatment. let's start with osteoarthritis because as we get older undoubtedly we're going to have knee pain but why is the question, why does that happen? >> what happens is we all get knee pain from time to time, but it's when the pain becomes more persistent that usually catches our attention. there's cartilage or cushion in the knee and over time, that can wear thin. the knee
. this is a live picture of air force one about to depart montana for grand junction, colorado. in colorado that is where he is going to be holding a townhall meeting, a city providing medical care at a third of the cost of other cities. hundreds of people are expected at the event and to make their voices heard in demonstrations planned outside. what does the president plan to focus on in today's townhall? >> strategy has been tapping into anger against the insurance companies. yesterday he was on patients who get dropped from coverage. today it's going to be people who has insurance that gets hit by a cap on benefits and large out of pocket fees. introducing him is nathan wilkes. he has been paying $25,000 in out of pocket fees. he is battling over a benefits cap, as well. the white house says the president will continue to hold these townhall regularly this month. >> julie: what can we expect from the crowd, especially from the demonstrators. some of these have gotten pretty heated? >> the audience might be okay with shouting down their congressman but they have taken a different tone wi
, holding a town hall meeting in colorado to discuss health care. friday he stopped in montana. the president did not experience the same animosity many senators and representatives have faced. mr. obama told the audience what they've seen on tv doesn't tell the whole story and constructive meetings have been taking place across the country. most who attended seemed to support the president's plan. but not everyone, one man even turned the president's own joke about bull in washington on him. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going it pay for this. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> the president went on tell the man he will not raise taxes on families making $250,000 or less, and admitted the wealthy will have to pay more. some protestors did come out, they were kept about half a mile away. he often had to shout to be heard above the crowd. but the senator tells the "washington post" he has not been discouraged. in fact, he says the opposite has happened. he's more deter
reform sales pitch to montana. he'll host a town hall meeting there. these meetings have turned heated with people on both sides of the issue speaking their minds. samantha hayes has the latest. >> reporter: the questions and concerns from constituents keep coming in town hall meetings across the country n. sea caucus, new jersey. >> i'm covered and i want to -- the system is fatally broken and needs to be fixed. >> after all the rhetoric does congress intend to pass health care reform and if so how do you to pay for it, even if you have to have a tax increase. >> i would intend to pass a health care reform bill but i would intend to pay completely opposite of what is coming through right now. >> reporter: public meetings on health care form hosted by members of congress have revealed skepticism among many voter and raised political stakes. the president who defended reform on tuesday in new hampshire is heading out to do the same thing again. >> you feel satisfied with what happened in new hampshire. he was able to address concerns that people had. i think he was able to take on, as i
and the other in montana. tickets have been will be available to the general public so the president may see angry outbursts in the crowd he faces. who's likely to come out on top once the shouting is over. with me is erin billings. this is usually a boring time for us covering the hill but this has been anything but. >> these town halls are typically snoozers, people go home, few people show up and it is civil and now hundreds of people, you saw claire mccast kill. there is people coming from owl sides. i think both sides are appropriating the fomenting thage station. so this isn't necessarily just cropping up. having said that people are passionate about this and clearly members are hearing it. >> you saw arlen specter and you were saying what we didn't see is he's called in capitol police for reinforcements. >> he did. and the capitol police last week the sergeant at arms said be wary, mindful, diligent and vigilant when you go home because there were already protests starting up and arlen specter of pennsylvania as you saw the footage, he asked the capitol police to sent officers. they s
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